The Christian Institute has raised concerns about the right to conscientious objection after the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) said it would teach and assess “abortion skills”.
In its ‘Better for Women’ document, the RCOG is calling on the General Medical Council (GMC) to “review the Undergraduate medical curriculum to include the importance of abortion care to students”. . .
The RCOG added it would “teach abortion skills as a part of its core curriculum and assess those skills through examination”. . . [Full text]
A bioethicist is calling for medical schools to eliminate
applicants who would oppose providing medical services over objections
to them based on their personal beliefs.
The call from Udo Schuklenk, a Queen’s University professor and the Ontario Research Chair in Bioethics, comes as the Alberta government grappled with a controversial bill that would have allowed health-care providers to refuse to provide medical care if they object to it on religious or moral grounds. . . [Full text]
VANCOUVER—Thirty-three medical residency positions the Ontario government created last April with a $23-million commitment were a one-time deal and are not on offer to 2019 medical graduates, according to the province’s Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.
The funding was an attempt by the previous Liberal government to decrease the number of Ontario medical graduates going without work while people need doctors. . .
. . .For the last 10 years, as the number of medical students has gone up and the number of residency spots has stagnated, more and more Canadian medical graduates have not secured residency spots. . . [Full text]
A presentation at a medical students’ forum hosted by Canadian Physicians for Life.
2:38 – 4:12 Ethical disputes: disagreeing about an “ought”
4:12 – 11:22 World views: dominant culture, ethics, law, decision making processes, religion, society, culture, experience, philosophy
11:22 – 13:58 The patient wants what you will not provide: ct scan, antibiotics, opioids, abortion, life support, contraception, pre-natal genetic tests, CPR, plastic surgery, elective C-sections, elective induction of labour
13:58 – 1834 fiduciary duty, patient access, moral distress
18:34 – 19:43 When patient asks for what you would like to provide, but can’t
19:43 – 21:44 When professional consensus is that you should say no
21:44 – 25:22 When physicians differ on what fiduciary duty dictates: full information, no abandonment
25:22 – 27:18 In some jursidictions, when refusing on moral grounds, in emergencies – provide service; otherwise- effective referral
27:18 – 32:55 Odd Docs and patients: why disputes arise, best practices: communication, compassion, care, honesty
32:55 – 36:24 Odd Docs and administrators: communication, compassion, do other work
In 2017, the medical students’ forum hosted by Canadian Physicians for Life included a question and answer session about legal issues. Albertos Polizogopoulos is lead counsel in the constitutional challenge to the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO) policy that demands effective referral for all morally contested services, including euthanasia and assisted suicide. Phil Horgan, a Toronto lawyer, is President of the Catholic Civil Rights League, which jointly intervened in the case with the Faith and Freedom Alliance and Protection of Conscience Project. Questions have been listed below with the corresponding time segments. Links have been provided to background material concerning subjects covered in the answers.
1. How can physicians best disclose to their patients their conscientious objections? (00:00-11:18)